polytypic

polytypic

[pol-ee-tip-ik]
adjective
having or involving many or several types.
Also, polytypical.


Origin:
1885–90; poly- + typic

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polytypic or polytypical (ˌpɒlɪˈtɪpɪk)
 
adj
1.  existing in, consisting of, or incorporating several different types or forms
2.  biology (of a taxonomic group) having many subdivisions, esp (of a species) having many subspecies and geographical races
 
polytypical or polytypical
 
adj

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polytypic pol·y·typ·ic (pŏl'ē-tĭp'ĭk) or pol·y·typ·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Having several variant forms, especially subspecies or varieties.

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polytypic   (pŏl'ē-tĭp'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Having several variant forms, especially containing more than one taxonomic category of the next lower rank. A polytypic genus contains two or more different species, while a polytypic species consists of two or more subspecies. Compare monotypic.
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